"What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote
in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes
his own self-interest as he sees it... which for the majority translates as 'Bread and Circuses'."
- Robert A. Heinlein

In Roman times, free Bread and Circuses entertained the masses. I hope you find your time
here both entertaining and informative.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Scary Movie 7: Google Style

Wow, you're very lucky, two posts in one day! And this one even has footnotes!

Since YouTube, after its recent acquisition by Google, has decided to flag this video for objectionable content,1 drastically cutting its viewership, I thought I'd put up an alternative lin. Click here if you want to see the Scary Movie version of Democratic foreign policy missteps under Clinton. Oh wait, Google owns Blogger now too... Scheiß! Will they censor this post as well? Larry and Sergey, please don't be offended. Now that I do have your attention though, one word of advice: Please use your admittedly excellent search engine to find the top result for "censorship." "It is most commonly applied to acts that occur in public circumstances, and most formally involves the suppression of ideas by criminalizing or regulating expression. Furthermore, discussion of censorship often includes less formal means of controlling perceptions by excluding various ideas from mass communication."2

Is trying to make people think, no matter how over the top one's methods, objectionable? Yes it is, at least to those who fancy themselves political or technological Übermensch. Thank you Google, for protecting me from having to consider concepts that hurt my little feelings or make my brain hurt. Good thing you flag all videos tagged "Stripping..." as well.3 Oh, you don't, do you?? Damn, at least sexy videos will keep the minds of America's youth off of more pressing issues like security, and dare I say it, freedom of speech. Thank you YouTube, please, give us more stripping and less thinking. America needs it.
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Footnotes:
1:News Report on Google Censorship of Conservative Media on YouTube
2: Censorship - Wikipedia
3: Note: Links do not suggest an endorsement of any external linked content by the author, nor moral aggreement with said content. Viewer discretion is advised.

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